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MEDIA RELEASE
5 March 2013
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
30/2013
Decrease in current account deficit

Latest ABS figures show that in seasonally adjusted, current price terms, the current account deficit fell $370m (2 per cent) to $14,678m in the December quarter 2012. Exports of goods and services rose $734m (1 per cent) and imports of goods and services rose $897m (1 per cent). The primary income deficit fell $518m (6 per cent).

In seasonally adjusted, chain volume terms, the net goods and services surplus rose $2,153m (129 per cent) to $3,816m in the December quarter 2012. This is expected to contribute 0.6 percentage points to growth in the December quarter 2012 volume measure of Gross Domestic Product.

Australia's net IIP liability position was $870.0b at 31 December 2012, an increase of $6.2b on 30 September 2012. Australia's net foreign equity liability decreased $6.2b to a liability position of $110.2b. Australia's net foreign debt liability increased $12.4b to a liability position of $759.8b.

Further details can be found in Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia (cat. no. 5302.0).

Media notes:
  • When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) as the source.
  • December quarter 2012, Australian National Accounts: National Income and Expenditure (cat. no. 5206.0) will be released on 6 March 2013.

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